Packers sign Spriggs to roster as Boyd leaves

With the NFL draft complete and the new NFL season vast approaching, the Green Bay Packers have made changes to their roster over recent days. The most impactful changes come in the shape of second round pick Jason Spriggs and the surprise release of veteran defensive tackle Josh Boyd.

The Packers selected defensive tackle Kenny Clark in the first round of this year’s draft. Both Clark and third round pick Kyler Fackrell remain unsigned from their seven player draft class.

Recently, Packers General Manager Ted Thompson announced the signings of both Spriggs and tight end Casey Pierce along with several other rookie free agents. Pierce spent last season with the Detroit Lions having been undrafted from Kent State, and will be looking to make an immediate impression following success in his team’s two practice sessions at the back end of last week. However, as a result of such incoming players, the Packers have had to five players from their roster of last season.

It’s the release of Boyd that has caused the most surprise among Packers supporters, with the twenty-six-year-old displaying last season that when fit, he can provide some quality depth along the defensive line. Alongside Boyd in leaving the Lambeau Field were tackle Jeremy Vujnovich, defensive tackle William Campbell, tight end David Grinnage and wide receiver Dennis Parks. Head Coach Mike McCarthy will certainly be hoping that such changes can help his team improve on performances this time around.

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The Packers’ Mike Daniels Is Wisconsin’s Top Pro Athlete in 2016

The Wisconsin Sports Awards have the organization’s award for the top professional athlete of the year to Green Bay Packers defensive lineman Mike Daniels. This came as a relative surprise but Daniels is one of the top reasons why so many people pick the Packers when making their NFL football picks. The tough defense that he plays and the strong focus on leadership that he uses has helped him to become a popular figure on the team.

Daniels was on a listing of nominees that also included teammate and Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers. Daniels did not expect to win, what with Rodgers being a huge star and icon in his own right. However, the big upset was made at the Sheboygan County Memorial Airport corporate hangar, the place where the award ceremony was held. Daniels’ victory proved to be a surprise to many but to those who know how well he leads, it is not much of a surprise to begin with.

Daniels also beat out fellow Packers Clay Matthews and Josh Sitton as well as the Milwaukee Bucks’ Khris Middleton. Members of the state’s sports media were responsible for voting for players.

Daniels’ award was the only one for the Pack during the event. Much of the evening was in celebration of the University of Wisconsin, a team that has done well this year with Greg Gard replacing Bo Ryan as the team’s coach.

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Could Arian Foster Be A Target For The Green Bay Packers?

Former Pro-Bowler Arian Foster was released by the Houston Texans last week in a move to free up some salary cap space, making Foster an unrestricted free agent in the process. Since he cleared waivers, there have been a number of teams interested in the veteran’s services, which would surely improve their NFL sports betting odds in the process.

One of the teams that could be showing interest in Foster is Green Bay.

Before the start of last season, the Green Bay Packers believed they had their running back situation taken care of with Eddie Lacy proving he could handle the workload. By the time training camp arrived, Lacy showed up for camp overweight, and had struggled to get the weight off as the season progressed.

At one point, head coach Mike McCarthy benched Lacy due to his lack of production. Toward the end of the season, Lacy started to turn things around, but the damage had already been done. After the season, the Packers told Lacy he had to report in better shape, but if they don’t want to take any chances, they should be kicking the tires on Foster.

Last season, Foster had 63 carries for 163 yards and 1 touchdown. He also added 227 yards and 2 touchdowns on 22 catches before missing the rest of the season with a torn Achilles. Due to injury concerns, Foster won’t be able to command as much money as he would like, which is something that might entice the Packers.

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Packers Nate Palmer to appear on “The End Zone with Antonio Freeman.”

‘The End Zone with Antonio Freeman’ is back for its second season from the Horse & Plow at Destination Kohler!
ESPN Wisconsin’s Drew Olson will join Freeman on ‘The End Zone,’ which will feature guests from professional football in front of a live audience. Olson and Freeman will analyze the previous week’s game and take questions from fans.
Each week Green Bay Packer Hall of Fame WR, Antonio Freeman will be joined by ESPN Wisconsin’s Drew Olson on ‘The End Zone with Antonio Freeman’.  During this one-hour show, they’ll analyze Green and Gold pre and post-game play;m and have the opportunity to ask Free questions live on the air!
Providing guests for the End Zone show is PackersTalk.com Sponsor Mayfield Sports Marketing. Other players currently scheduled are:
OCT 12 Mason Crosby
OCT 19 Jake Ryan
(and more to come).
‘The End Zone with Antonio Freeman’ is free for fans who wish to sit in the general seating areas of Horse & Plow. Fans can sit in the general seating areas at Horse & Plow for free, with VIP seating having a minimum food and beverage spend. Fans who wish to extend their visit in Kohler can book accommodations at The American Club or Inn on Woodlake. Reservations for seating and hotel accommodations can be made by calling 855-444-2838.
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James Jones Autograph Signing – this Saturday Sep 19th

Talk about great timing. Not six days removed from Jones’ spectacular on-field return to the Green Bay Packers, James Jones will be singing autographs this Saturday at D2 Sports Pub in Green Bay.

Jones arrived in Green Bay not to replace Jordy Nelson, but rather expected to provide a small measure of help to Aaron Rodgers and the Packers aerial attack. Well, Jones exceeded all reasonable expectations with a two TD (should have been three) performance.

And now you can meet Jones in person. Is it turtleneck weather yet in Wisconsin?

The signing is brought to you by one of our sponsors, Mayfield Sports Marketing in conjunction with Legends of the Field.

JAMES JONES AUTOGRAPH SIGNING

Welcome Back to the Pack!
Green Bay Packers SB XLV Champion

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Saturday, September 19th, 2015 4:00-5:00PM
D2 Sports Pub/Stadium District
788 Armed Forces Dr Green Bay, WI 54304

 

 

 

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Packers Execute Onside Kick Recovery to Seal Win vs. Chicago.

What are the odds. When we last saw the Green Bay Packers in a meaningful game, they were desperately trying to secure an onside kick to preserve a playoff win against the Seattle Seahawks and earn a trip to the Super Bowl. We all know how that went, as Brandon Bostick tried to take matters into his own hands, so to speak, and dropped the ball.

Fast forward to this afternoon. After a sloppy first half, where untimely penalties and missed tackles gave Chicago a sense they had a puncher’s chance in this game, the Packers righted the ship and took a 15 point lead thanks to a Clay Matthews interception and return and a subsequent Eddie Lacy TD run.

With only 1:55 left in the game, the Packers defense, porous at best all game, allowed the Bears to quickly march down the field and pull to within 8 points with 34 seconds left.

Suddenly, the mind flashed back to that day in Seattle. Here are the Packers, in their first real game since, finding themselves in the exact same position of having to recover an onside kick to seal a victory. What are the odds? I think you could go to an Online Sportsbooks and place a bet on the Bears to win the Super Bowl two years in a row at lower odds.

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A Closer Look at Some Packers UDFA Longshots

Well here we are just days into the start of another season. News reports have placed some Packer players in a bad light this offseason. Two with a suspension to start the season and one with a suspension to be named later.  Not a good off season for that nonsense at all. All I’ll say about that is “Stupid is as Stupid does”.

Even with those distractions the Packers might have the best roster in the NFL. And one of the toughest to make. If there were NFL betting lines for some of these players making the Packers’ roster, the term “longshot” would certainly be appropriate.

The entire starting offense and many backups are back, the first time since the mid 1960’s that has happened.

The defensive line will have a lot of competition and thankfully so will the Inside linebacker position. This is also the first season Ted Thompson has drafted prospects for the same position #1 and #2.

This year the team has signed 18 UDFA’s to the 90 man roster from the 2015 draft class. I believe UDFA’s  will have the hardest time yet under GM Ted Thompson to make the 53 man roster, not because of their talent, but the development of UDFA’s from the 2014 season.  Lets look at a few that might make it to the 53 man roster this year and maybe a couple from last year that did not make the 53 in 2014.

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